WAKING THE DEAD is a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist

Waking the Dead CoverI’m SO excited to announce that WAKING THE DEAD is following in its Big Sister’s (DEBRIEFING THE DEAD‘s) footsteps  – not only did it make it to the 2020 RONE Finals for Best Paranormal: Long, but I just learned it’s also a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist for Best Published Fantasy!

Sadly, BOTH those awards ceremonies are in October.  Maybe by then, my fingernails will have grown back (from all the nail biting  ;)) and I’ll be able to hobble down the Virtual Red Carpets with no cast, and no boot, completely under my own steam! (I had foot surgery a couple of weeks ago – 2020 is the year that Just. Won’t. Quit!!!!!  :))

Have a wonderful week, everyone! Hope your summers are going well!

WAKING THE DEAD is a 2020 RONE Nominee

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I’m so excited to announce that WAKING THE DEAD has been nominated for InD’tale Magazine’s 2020 RONE (Reward of Novel Excellence) Awards, in the Paranormal – Long category! (This is the same category that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD won last year – talk about pressure!!!) Unfortunately ;), this means I’ll be begging for votes in the Reader Voting Round, which runs May 18 through May 24.

But right now, I’m just happy dancing and drinking virtual champagne while self-quarantining. (Side note: The silver lining in all this madness is that I have FINISHED the first draft of DAMNING THE DEAD! I’m editing it now, and will turn it in to my editor as soon as I can. Fingers crossed that it may come out later this year!!!)

Australia Burns: Anthology to Benefit Wildfire Relief

I’m late announcing this, but this project is very near and dear to my heart! An author friend in Australia, who is also published by The Wild Rose Press, had an idea that if a few authors would donate short stories to an anthology, we could raise money for much-needed wildfire relief. That idea blossomed into 48 authors donating stories (including me!), which turned into this three-book anthology series, with all publishing and editing also donated by TWRP!

What does all this mean? It means if you buy any of these books, 100% of the author/publisher proceeds go to the Australian Red Cross, with the funds earmarked for wildfire relief, restoration, and prevention. The stories are all amazing, and all authors are donating 100% of any royalties.

The most money goes to the Red Cross if you buy direct from TWRP. However, shipping is very expensive (due to costs that TWRP has no control over), so here’s an Amazon link also. Just know that the ‘Zon will take a cut of the profits – no donations from them!!  ;)  And if you’re not a “print person,” ebooks are also available, from all major etailers (Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3).

Please consider enjoying these amazing stories, while reading for a good cause!

(P.S. My story is in Volume 3 – a rom-com that still somehow manages to be about Death! LOL!!  ;))

PUBLISH OR PERISH Wins 1st Place in the Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Thanks so much to all who voted for PUBLISH OR PERISH in the above award! Due to your amazing efforts, it won First Place for its category under the Romantic Suspense umbrella. So THANK YOU so much – I really appreciate it!!

Also, WAKING THE DEAD took 3rd place in its category, while The Dead Series came in 2nd in its Paranormal Series subcategory. So thank you for all your efforts – I wouldn’t be here without your help!!

P.S. Stay tuned for a big announcement, about a project very near and dear to my heart, coming soon…!  :)

N.N. Light Book Awards – Double Winner!

I’m so THRILLED to announce that WAKING THE DEAD has won the N.N. Light Book Award for Best Urban Fantasy of 2019! I saw the email as I scrolled up my inbox this morning, and two emails later I discovered…PUBLISH OR PERISH also won, for Best Romantic Suspense!!

To say I’m honored is a severe understatement. Like DEBRIEFING THE DEAD, PUBLISH OR PERISH is a book that I shopped around for years to agents and editors, who gave me oodles of form rejections. Which just proves once again that what agents think they can sell, or editors think is publishable, isn’t necessarily what readers think is just a good book. :)

Okay, I have to take my tiara off now and get to work. But WHAT a way to start the last week before Winter Break – I couldn’t ask for a better Christmas present!!!!!

AUTHORS SHOW GIVEAWAY

UPDATED 12/20/19: Giveaway closed and winners chosen: Congratulations to Nancy T., Amy G., and Deborah D.! And thank you all so much for participating! Have a wonderful holiday season!

UPDATED 12/12/19: What a crazy couple of days! As many of you know, I sent out the details for this giveaway at midnight Wednesday, because my interview on The Authors Show was supposed to be live for 24 hours starting then. Except…. They messed up, and the link was wrong! For 12 hours!

Eventually, they got it fixed, and to make up for it, they will be REPLAYING my interview on December 19 (next Thursday). So…. For anyone who wasn’t able to listen/enter on Wednesday, I am extending the giveaway deadline to 12/19/19 at 11:59:59 PM Eastern Time.

Thank you all for your patience while this was sorted out! I hope you do get a chance to listen in (it’s pretty short!) and enter the giveaway. And if you already did listen/enter, thank you SO much! :)

Updated Giveaway Details:

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I was recently interviewed for The Authors Show (https://wnbnetworkwest.com/), and I had so much fun, I’m celebrating with a new giveaway! Listen any time on THURSDAY DECEMBER 19, 2019, then message my Facebook page, or sign up for my Very Occasional Mailing List (see site menu above) and hit “Reply” to the Welcome Message, with the answer to the question below. DO NOT POST YOUR ANSWER IN THE COMMENTS ON THIS POST OR ON FACEBOOK! If you do, everyone else can just copy you! #teacher ;)

Winners will be chosen at random from all entries received by 11:59:59 p.m. ET on THURSDAY 12/19/19. Two lucky winners will receive their choice of a digital copy of one of my books, and one winner will receive the Grand Prize of a signed print copy of one of my books AND a $25 Amazon gift card!

Ready?? Good luck! Here’s the question:

In the interview, I read a short excerpt from DEBRIEFING THE DEAD. What is the last line of that excerpt (the final four words)?

P.S. Want to earn bonus entries? Like my Facebook page***, sign up for my mailing list, and/or share this giveaway on social media! I’m not picky – help me share the love, and you’ll get more entries (up to a max of 10). Easy-peasy!

[*** Quasi-legal note/disclaimer: Facebook, Amazon, or any other entities mentioned are not responsible for any part of this giveaway. Giveaway open internationally for digital copies of books (not print) + gift card, BUT I cannot guarantee that the Amazon gift card will be available in your country, or that if it is, its value will be the same, due to fluctuating exchange rates. Enter at your own risk. Your mileage may vary. And objects in mirror are ALWAYS closer than they seem…. ;)]

Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Published Fantasy of 2019


I really have no words anymore, to describe how I’m feeling. Last fall, I entered the RITA® Awards on a whim. Then I thought, “It’s doubtful I’ll final in this, so why not enter a few more published book awards, just to see what happens? Maybe I’ll final in one or two, which would be really nice.”

Dudes. I entered my book in six prestigious literary contests. It finalled in five of them (including the RITAs!) and WON four awards. And ICYMI, this is the book that was rejected over 100 times by agents and editors, until The Wild Rose Press snapped it up!

To say I feel blessed is a massive understatement. But I don’t have any other words, so that’s what I’ll say: I’m so blessed to have traveled this journey, arduous and uphill though it was. I don’t expect it will ever get easier, but I’ve reached at least one summit, and I have to say, the view is pretty damn awesome.

Click for the full list of RPLA winners, or for more about DEBRIEFING THE DEAD.

(P.S. AFAIK, this book is not part of any more literary competitions, so if you’re tired of hearing about it winning all the time  ;), rest assured, I think awards season is over!!  :))

2019 RONE Award for Best Paranormal: Long

And the winner is… DEBRIEFING THE DEAD! I was so stunned, I made Mr. Author re-watch the awards show clip with me – twice.  :)  The entire awards ceremony can be streamed here, but if you just want to see my category (the LAST one!), it starts here.

Seriously – I know I keep saying this, but I’m still stunned. This has been such an AMAZING year. I never want to take any of it for granted, and I especially want to thank everyone who’s read it, and taken the time to rate/review it. The more that happens, the more readers will see it. And clearly, it’s a good book. (LOL!!!!)

Plus, the ebook is on SALE all month, for 99 cents, on Amazon, Apple Books, and Barnes & Noble. Great timing!!!  :)